Only days ago, the SL Blogosphere was buzzing with rumours about SLim, a Second Life (lightweight?) IM client, after Tateru Nino got news on a trademark filing for ‘SLim’ by Linden Lab. Now, SLNN reports that it is not a ‘maybe’ but a ’soon’, for SLim. They quote Joe Linden saying: ‘it will be in First Look in a couple of weeks‘.
According to Joe ‘Linden’ Miller, SLim will be a very thin - lightweight, thus - client that is designed to stay in both voice and text - prioritize, please: text & voice thus - contact with your friends: ‘If you want to participate in a meeting but can’t actually run the SL app to do it, you’ll be able to do that with our thin voice communication client.’ I wonder if they’ll count is as an extra agent count on the sim? (to fill up the former orientation islands? ;) But overall, this is good news. This means people with old laptops might even still be able to enjoy the last weeks of summer outside, chatting to their SL friends, without having to know about AjaxLife.
Announced for ‘the end of 2008′ was ‘real world telephone to second life’, which seems to be still on schedule. SLNN quotes Joe Linden: ‘“This will work two ways: you’ll be able to sign up for an access number that will give people who are outside of SL (perhaps on a cell phone) the ability to reach you in-world. This is distinctly separate from the ‘SLim’ communication client.’ Of course, this comes with voice messages - if you want to - delivered to your email - if you want to. Is it just me, but if I want someone from outside SL to call me, I just give them my cell phone number?! Imagine: ‘No mommy, you can’t reach me on my phone. You can call me in-world though. It’s an USA number. *grin*” Hmm, I think I suddenly see a use! ;) Anyways, ‘real world calling to Second Life’ will not be part of the SLim client, just an addendum to their current grid services.
The most interesting on the whole voice deal might be ‘the ability to associate a standard telephone number – PSTN number – with a group, and that number can be used by a number of folks to join a group conversation for the purpose of meeting from outside of SL as well.’ Although, I remember the ladies over at BlogHer SL already used this in combination with mediastream, so just making something existing standard Second Life functionality?
A very positive message in the last sentence of the article: Twitter functionality will not be added in to the new SLim client. Yeey! :D Can’t wait for the SLim Release Candidate! =)